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Whiplash – Atlanta Whiplash Lawyer, GA
If you cannot find any specific description, then refer to your injury as a severe strain of the cervical spine and supporting musculature, or any other terms that fairly describe your injuries—such as acute neck strain with severe consequent headache. But avoid using that poor old term “whiplash.”
The term whiplash injury conjures up images of devastating damage to the neck. In fact whiplash refers to a single type of neck injury that is essentially a sprain. Like any other sprain, it can vary greatly in severity ranging from a few days to mild discomfort to months of pain or even to permanent disability. In majority of cases however recovery is complete within about a month.
“Whiplash, ” a term coined by H. D. Crowe in 1928, is the only diagnosis relating to causation rather than the tissue involved. A whiplash injury occurs when a car driver or passenger is rear-ended. The head and neck stay still at first, while the body jerks forward. As the body returns back, the neck hyperextends backward. What happens to people after a whiplash injury? Many will go to their doctor within days and report pain in their upper back and neck areas. Their doctor will prescribe ibuprofen or naproxen-like anti-inflammatory agents, a muscle relaxant, and perhaps even a small prescription for a strong painkiller. A minority may be given a neck collar or physical or chiropractic therapy. After two-three months, most of the patients will get better and gradually discontinue all therapy. But what about the remaining people? Strange things start to happen. For completely unclear reasons, they begin to hurt more and their pain becomes widespread.
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Often there is little pain immediately after the accident. The following day however these is an indistinct pain in the neck that may be difficult to pinpoint and this may spread to the shoulders or upper arms. Neck movements may become restricted by muscle spasm. People with more severe injuries complain of blurred eyesight, headaches, dizziness or difficulty in swallowing because of bruising around the nerves and blood vessels in the neck. X rays are usually unhelpful since injuries are located in the soft tissues which do not show on standard X rays. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, consult with an experienced attorney.
Headache is a common symptom following whiplash injury. Within 24 hours of the accident, many victims complain of diffuse neck and head pain. The headache may be limited to the occipital area or may spread to the vertex, temporal-frontal, and retro-orbital areas. The pain may be a dull pressure or a squeezing sensation and include pounding and throbbing (migrainous) components. Muscle contraction and vascular headaches often are present simultaneously (posttraumatic mixed headache). Victims may experience concomitant nausea, vomiting, and photophobia. The frequency of these various forms of headache in whiplash is not known.
If you are suffering from a whiplash injury, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering and medical expenses.